Gong Cave is said to be the most beautiful cave in Southeast Asia. It has wonderful stalactites and stalagmites formed by numbers of marbles, crystals, and karsts naturally. It needs thousand years for the water drops from the ceiling of the cave to form the stalactites and stalagmites. This is my 3rd visit, and i’m still amazed with the beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites.
Eventhough it needs 3,5 hours ride from Solo or Jogja, both are the biggest cities nearby, i always recommend my friend to come to Pacitan, especially to visit Gong Cave and Klayar Beach whenever they come to Solo or Jogja. Gong Cave and Klayar Beach are wonders of nature for me.
Outside the cave, you can find many vendors that sell handicraft made from marbles and jewelries. But i’m not sure about the originality of the jewelries. You need a good sense on jewelries to distinguish their originality because they’re look alike at a glance.
There are also many foodstall outside the cave that sell many traditional cuisine from Pacitan. Please try “sale pisang” that is a sweetened banana, “es degan” which is fresh coconut, “sego pecel” which is the mix of vegetables poured with spicy peanut sauce, and many other traditional yet delicious cuisines.
Gong Cave is located in Punung, Pacitan, East Java, Indonesia. It is the famous tourist spot in Pacitan, i think everybody in Pacitan knows where it is. There also many road sign to Gong Cave, so it’s not too difficult to find this cave.
How to Get There
From Jakarta/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur, you can get a flight to Solo City or Jogja City (blue line). If you are coming from Bali, get a flight to Jogja City first before taking a trip to Pacitan City.
From Solo or Jogja, take a bus or rent a car toward Pacitan regency. It takes about 3,5 hours to get there.
These pistures show you how beautiful Gong Cave is.